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There is a law named after Teena Marie: The Brockert Initiative

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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-27-10 12:32 PM
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There is a law named after Teena Marie: The Brockert Initiative
Her birth name was Mary Brockert.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teena_Marie

In 1982, Marie got into a heated legal battle with Motown records over her contract and disagreements about releasing her new material.<12> The scuffle resulted in "The Brockert Initiative", which makes it illegal for a record company to keep an artist under contract without releasing new material for that artist. In such instances, artists are able to sign and release with another label instead of being held back by an unsupportive one. Teena Marie commented on the law in an LA Times article, saying, "It wasn't something I set out to do. I just wanted to get away from Motown and have a good life. But it helped a lot of people, like Luther Vandross and the Mary Jane Girls, and a lot of different artists, to be able to get out of their contracts."<13>

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